The Colorado Rockies are in trouble. Shortstop Trevor Story knows it. Manager Bud Black knows it. More than anyone, fans know it. The club is limping towards a merciful end of a season that went up in flames. There is little question as how to the Rox find themselves in this position: poor leadership. However, Story’s performance has been a silver lining in 2021.
Trevor Story’s Emergence
The Colorado Rockies have been the laughingstock of the baseball world for much of their existence. In 29 seasons, the Rox have only made the playoffs five times. Overall, the franchise has had little to write home about. However, there have been bright spots. One such spot is shortstop Trevor John Story. The 28-year-old Texan is in his sixth season with the Rockies and has emerged as a fan favorite. Prior to the Rockies selecting Story in the 2011 MLB draft, Troy Tulowitzki had been dazzling fans with his Gold Glove defense.
Trevor Story had been making a name for himself in the minors prior to the 2015 season. The Rockies then did the unthinkable and traded Tulo in July. Fans can recall how the trade unfolded. Colorado trailed in a game against the Chicago Cubs on July 27, 2015, and Tulowitzki was removed in the ninth inning. The Rockies lost, but the reason Tulo was removed concerned fans even more. He had been with the club since 2006 and had developed into an elite shortstop.
Trevor Story Surprises
Management revealed Troy Tulowitzki was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rox were sent Jose Reyes in return, but Reyes was suspended for the start of 2016. This left the door wide open for Story and he made the Opening Day roster. He made an immediate impact. In his debut, Story hit two home runs. This made him the first MLB player to hit multiple home runs in an Opening Day debut.
Following his debut, fans quickly realized how good Trevor Story was. Through his first six games, he hit seven home runs. He became the first rookie in MLB history to accomplish that feat. Not only was he a threat at the plate, but his defense at shortstop was superb. Story is the type of player who can impact the game on both sides of the ball. Add in his speed and his best years on the diamond are ahead of him.
Trevor Story’s Future
The Colorado Rockies have not made it a season to remember in 2021. Trevor Story’s talent has been all but wasted in the Mile High City. As former Rockie Nolan Arenado and the St. Louis Cardinals are streaking their way to October, the scene at Coors Field is bleak. Perhaps more frustrating for Black’s team is the success of their National League West counterparts. Both the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have already locked up spots in the postseason. The San Diego Padres still have an opportunity to do the same.
Trevor Story’s time at shortstop in Colorado is fleeting. His departure would likely bring back Arenado-like nightmares for fans. However, the writing is on the wall. Like Arenado, Story wishes to play for a perennial contender. As it currently stands, the Rox are multiple years away from being true competitors in the National League.
Fans have been privileged to watch Trevor Story in purple pinstripes for five years. If 2021 is his last as a Rockie, it will mark an end to a great career in the Mile High City. If there is a new face at shortstop for the Rox in 2022, management will be heavily scrutinized. There is a miniscule chance Story does decide to return next season. However, as the losses mount and the organization searches for answers, it grows harder to imagine that Story will stay. Thanks for the memories #27!
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